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SNIPE

The Snipe is a small stocky wader that breeds in marshes, bogs and wet meadows.  It is not easily seen and is usually found in or near long vegetation on wet mud, the Snipe has a very long bill and short legs.  The Snipe has bright brown, black and cream stripes on its back with a striped head and a creamy white belly.  There are currently 76,000 pairs breeding in the UK with the number of Snipes rising to 1 million in winter outside the breeding season.  The best and probably most unusual sighting / picture of Snipe that I had was at RSPB Saltholme.  I had just arrived at one of the main hides when sat on a fence overlooking a marshy area was a Snipe.

Length: 25-28cm (10-11in)

Wingspan: 37-43cm (14½-17in)

Weight: 80-120g (2¾-4oz)

Average Life: 5-10 years

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